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How steamy is it? Simmering

Publisher's Summary

"New York, Paris, London - every grand metropolis - has its own irresistible attraction, but Rome so swirls with stories of saints and sinners...lovers and fighters, that she compels you towards her, like gravity.... No one leaves her unaltered. Part of you always loves her. This is the place where passions are aroused, senses inflamed, and lovers fall into each other's arms. It all appears to unfold like magic, but I will tell you what really happens.... Come with me, if you will, and observe my labors."

Mark Lamprell's One Summer Day in Rome is an enchanting audiobook about three couples drawn irresistibly to Rome, narrated by the city itself. Alice, an art student in New York City, has come to Rome in search of adventure and inspiration before settling down with her steady, safe fiancé. Meg and Alec, busy parents and successful businesspeople from LA, are on a mission to find the holy grail, a certain blue tile that will make their home renovation complete - but soon it becomes clear that their marriage needs a makeover as well. Connie and Lizzie are women of a certain age - "Sometimes I look at my laughter lines and wonder what on earth could have been that funny" - who come from London to scatter the ashes of their beloved husband and brother. Both women are seemingly done with romance, but Rome has other ideas.

Brimming with wit and charm (and gelato), One Summer Day in Rome is the most delicious audiobook you will listen to this summer.

©2016 Mark Lamprell (P)2017 Macmillan Audio

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Loved this book!

This book is delightful. It is funny, entertaining, well written, compelling & weaves a wonderfully connected path between all the main characters & also an “inanimate object” (not to give anything away).
it is superbly read/performed by the narrator whose voice has a wonderful tone & he is spot on with the different accents & speech innuendos. I wish this author had more books on Audible.

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Wonderful book about life and love - Would highly recommend

This is one of the best books I have read (listened to) in a long time. The story just grabs you and I had a hard time putting it down. The aspect I loved most about this book is its perspective on life and love. Although love takes different forms it can last a lifetime, so long if you don't base it off of lists. I would highly recommend this book to anyone wants to escape to Rome for an afternoon by a lake, or an evening with the crickets chirping outside, or even a morning snuggled by a fire.

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Interesting premise

I was engaged by the idea of the city of Rome itself as the narrator and key character of this novel. I chose this book because I was looking for some light summer reading and in that, the story does not disappoint.

However, the narration did disappoint. While West's reading as the narrator and the dialogue of the male characters was fine, he made every female character sound insipid or haughty. There was nothing in between. It distracted from my enjoyment of the book to a great degree. There are other men who have done fine work in performing women's dialogue; this artist is not one of them.

I may have rated the book more highly if I had read it instead of listened to it.

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For those who love and love Rome

I am not familiar with Rome and its treasures. For those who are,I am sure will enjoy the trip. The concept of the Roman "spirit" as narrator was clever. I enjoyed the chapters being introduced by quotes from renowned writers,artists, geniuses, and philosophers. The characters were charming. The denouement was a lovely twist of there are no coincidences. My only disappointment was the narrator's voice was rather monotone and I would sometimes doze off and have to remember where I was in the novel and go back.

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Feels like one summer year in Rome

Maybe I'm not giving this book enough time, but after 2 hours I'm totally disinterested in finishing it. It doesn't feel like a romance and there's not enough written about Rome to keep me listening.

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Predictable

It should have been more interesting than it actually was. In the end I was disappointed, though I plowed through to the end. The narrator was good with male voices, but female characters not so much. I wasn't surprised by much in the plot. #Audible1

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Memories of walking Rome

So many of the streets and sights in this book I have walked and seen. Interesting story and good narration. You can use this book as a guide to travel and enjoy Rome like a local.

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Totally enjoyable!

This was a refreshing journey with a rewarding end. Most interesting is the author's ability to convey honest emotions from both the male and female perspective. Any book that evokes real tears is a treasure as this one surprisingly does. You almost have a feeling that you've just spent a few days in Roma through Mr. Lamprell's vivid and detailed descriptions. What a thrill! I certainly look forward to reading/listening to more from this author. Grazie mille!

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an unlikely story of 3 relationships

I liked the story of 3 separate relationships in a particular day in Rome. the narrator was ok, but a little distracting when the make voice was speaking for the female characters, yet I still found myself looking forward to the next scene.

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One Summer Day seemed more like a year

I'm dense when it comes to allegory, and I suspect I missed the deeper meanings in this story. 6 people come to Rome for a day (or two) in pairs or solo looking for meaning and direction in the next chapter in their lives. And then the chapters pile up and take the listener through various twists and turns, as we join them on their quests.

The reading was fine, the writing was good; however, the characters didn't particularly interest me. At least it wasn't a long listen. It was not the light travelogue romance I expected. so that's probably my fault, and I'm sure many others will find the story and characters more interesting that I did.